January 3: “Your Relationship with Jesus Isn’t a Private Thing”

Today’s Bible Reading:

If you click on the following references to read the Bible, it will open up the New Living Translation version of the Bible. This is the translation that I am going to use this year for my daily Bible reading and reflections.

Genesis 5:1-7:24
Matthew 3:7-4:11
Psalm 3:1-8
Proverbs 1:10-19

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Genesis 6:9-10 (NLT): “This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God. Noah was the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

There is no shortage of Christians who would say that their walk with the Lord is a private thing. They are not pursuing holiness, but they don’t think that their spiritual apathy is serious. After all, no one is affected, right?

In the verses that I have chosen for today, we observe that Noah was a righteous man. He is said to have been the only blameless person living on the earth at that time. He is also said to have walked in close fellowship with God.

But look at the very next verse. It says that he was the father of three sons! I don’t think that this is incidental. I think God wanted us to see that Noah’s relationship with the Lord was intended to be passed on to his children.

In fact, in the previous chapter, we observe another man who also walked in close fellowship with God.

Genesis 5:22-24 (NLT): “After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters. Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.”

After telling us about Enoch and the seriousness with which he took righteousness and fellowship with his God, we hear that he was the father of the oldest man who ever lived. A righteous man had a son who had the privilege of being recorded as the oldest man who ever lived. I don’t think that’s incidental. Once again, I believe that God intends for us to pursue holiness so that we can pass it on to our children.

And as we continue to work backwards, we observe a very powerful principle that sheds light on what we have observed so far.

Genesis 5:1,3 (NLT): “… When God created human beings, he made them to be like himself… When Adam was 130 years old, he became the father of a son who was just like him — in his very image…”

Notice that God initially created Adam in His image. Adam was created to bear the likeness of God. But only a couple of verses later, we observe that Adam’s children were not in the image of God. They were in the image of Adam.

So, friend, if your children and your grandchildren became like you, would your relationship with the Lord, or the lack thereof, help them to reflect the image of God or of a sinful human being?

Let’s commit to taking our pursuit of holiness seriously this year! Let’s also commit to getting serious about loving the Lord with all of our being! Let’s commit to provide a godly example, flawed as it may be, so that others can see Jesus in us, especially if those people are our children and grandchildren.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

2 thoughts on “January 3: “Your Relationship with Jesus Isn’t a Private Thing”

  1. As I read the passage Genesis 6:9 struck me…..that Noah is listed as the only righteous & blameless person on earth. What happened to his father & grandfather’s faith? What about all of Noah’s other relatives? Noah’s faith & walk with God matched his great grandfather Enoch who wasn’t even alive when he was born. Enoch was described similarly as a man walking in close fellowship with God, Gen. 5:23,24.
    And it’s sad that the world had become so morally corrupt only 9 generations from Adam who literally walked with God in person in the garden.

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